Digital Dirt

In today’s day and age, if you are one who doesn’t regularly use the Internet, you are a complete outcast. As sad as that may seem, it is the harsh truth: that our discourse community has become 100% dependent on technology, and therefore all of the repercussions that come with.

When it comes too social networking, most people know their ins and outs of their favorite social networking platforms, and realize they are most-likely public. You would think that everyone would be aware of possible consequences of online actions and apply social etiquette to their posts or tweets or what-have-you.

Employers nowadays are avid about completing background checks for prospective employees; digging up the past is becoming easier for recruiters as technological advancements occur… but are we becoming more or less careful of what we post online?

“According to a 2005 survey of 102 executive recruiters by ExecuNet, an executive job-search and networking organization, 75% of recruiters use search engines to uncover information about candidates, and 26% of recruiters have eliminated candidates because of information found online.” (1) This statistic is fairly relevant- 1 out of every 4 job candidates is judged and removed from contention by recruiters solely for what they decided to post on their Wall when they were a little too intoxicated.

Here are a couple simple tips I found online to protect yourself from pre-existing posts that are less than professional (1):

 

-Google Yourself; We all used to do it when we were young and wanted to be famous, but now it will come in handy. See what results come up- you may be surprised, and now you can easily remove possible information that recruiters would’ve found.

 

-Bury Your Dirt; if you surround a couple negatives with many positives, the negative posts, pictures, etc. are less noticeable, or may be seen as a ‘blip’ on your record

 

-Clean Up Your Facebook; take down explicit or undesirable posts, pictures, etc., the easy process could land you or stop you from a job. Also, make sure your profile is private if there are any posts that are borderline inappropriate.

 

BY: JALEN MILLER

 

Sources:

1. http://online.wsj.com/article/C60112FLESHER.html

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